Daryl Ellis

Describe your job in 10 words or fewer.
Executive pastor, missional coordinator, integration specialist, resident thinker, bald guy.
What’s a favorite Scripture verse?
Psalm 1:3 – “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in season. Their leaves do not wither.”
Where’s your favorite spot in California?
Any tasty, hole-in-the-wall taco spot.
Where’s your favorite place NOT in California?
The Windy City.
What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet?
Learn to do kick turns in the pool.
What makes you laugh?
Witty humor, Jon Stewart, and uni-watch.com.
What are your top three favorite movies?
The Dark Knight, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Ocean’s Eleven.
What’s something surprising about you?
I have strong streak of aesthetic sensitivity. I’m responsible for some epic delays in our home over picking furniture and/or paint colors (sorry Courtney!)…
What’s your favorite family tradition?
Easter naps.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Augustine of Hippo.
What year did you start working here?
Rev. Dr. Daryl Ellis serves as PCOM’s Executive Pastor as well as pastoral liaison to the Finance, Membership & Assimilation, Youth, Buildings and Grounds, and Personnel Committees. A southern California native, Daryl loves being back in his home climate after educational journeys to Chicago (B.A. and M.A. in theology from Wheaton College), Princeton, NJ (M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary), and Nashville, TN (Ph.D. in theology from Vanderbilt University).
Daryl grew up in Burbank and has deep Presbyterian roots. He is finishing a dissertation entitled, “Desire and the Unfolding of Self-Consciousness.” When he’s not on PCOM’s campus, he’s most often finishing that dissertation at Starbucks, bouncing around a playground in Mission Viejo with his three kiddos and his wife, Courtney, or making another pilgrimage to In n’ Out Burger.